The A to Z of Sports in Dulwich: N-Z

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Netball

Thanks to Netball England’s aptly named ‘Back to Netball’ initiative Netball has seen an explosion in popularity as it essentially for women what 5 a side football is for men. The have two excellent and seldom used netball courts. Alleyns School and JAGS Sports Club also have excellent courts available outside of school hours. You should also check out local clubs such as the King Griffen Netball Club.

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OAP Exercise Classes

We’ve always been told to respect the elderly, especially if there is a chance of inheriting something. Seated exercise sessions for the elderly take place relatively near to Dulwich every Tuesday from 12:15 to 1pm in the Ackroyd Community Centre Main Hall, SE23 1DL.

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Pilates

Pilates is incredibly good for your posture and involves body weight exercises using specialist machinery. Push Studios in East Dulwich offers Pilates classes to suit all abilities. Whilst predominately popular amongst women, increasingly men are beginning to forget social stigma amongst their peers and reap the benefits and Dulwich Leisure Centre is another good Pilates venue.

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Quad Roller Skating

Considered fairly ‘old-school’ and very 1980s, the best place in Dulwich for quad roller skating is Dulwich Park which has a suitable network of concrete paths and provides a picturesque visual backdrop too.

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Rock-Climbing

Again you are spoilt for choice as Dulwich has two places to go. First there is an indoor climbing wall at the JAGS Sports Club and secondly the even more impressive Crystal Palace National Sports Centre which has an excellent indoor climbing centre. Both are  open to anyone with beginner sessions available. All equipment is available to hire too and experienced instructors will show the ropes…

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Roller Skating/Blading

This is an edgier version of quad roller skating and Dulwich Park again should be your port of call due to its extensive network of paths combined with tranquil, pleasant scenery. Otherwise you should head to Belair Park where there is a with a range of ramps and rails. However space is fairly limited so a final suggestion is Crystal Palace Park slightly further afield.

Rowing

Yes, it is Dulwich Park again. Boats can be rented during the summer months on the fantastic Dulwich Park Boating Lake. It is worth combining with a bottle of wine and a picnic and boats are usually hired for half an hour to an hour at a time.

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Sailing

Believe it or not this actually possible but you will need to head to relatively nearby South Norwood lakes and grounds. This is where you will find Croydon Sailing Club who make use of the boating lake throughout the year (predominately in summer). Member fees are very low and racing takes place every Sunday throughout the year.

Squash

Squash is incredibly good for your fitness and is weather proof. However pay and play courts are rare and in general you will need to become a member of a squash club in order to book. Examples of include Hamlets Health Club, Dulwich College Sports Club and Dulwich Squash Club.

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Swimming

Swimming is one of the only sports which gives you a full body workout and can make you look seriously good with your clothes off. Public swimming pools are available at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and Dulwich Leisure Centre. The Crystal Place pool is Olympic size (50m) and also offers diving boards. For members only swimming head to Dulwich College Sports Club.

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Table Tennis

Outdoor table tennis courts are available for free in Dulwich Park, just bring your own bats and balls. You can also use the JAGS Sports Club Sports Hall for Table Tennis and if you are a member the tables and equipment are included.

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Taekwondo

This modern martial art focuses on self-defence and has become increasingly popular on the back of a GB silver medal in London 2012. Mazuki offers classes to children of all ages and adults at Goodrich Community Primary School every Tuesday evening.

Tennis

With summer finally here (famous last words), tennis is one of the most sociable and fun sports to get into. Furthermore Dulwich has plenty of public and club tennis courts available. Examples of include , Belair Park, Dulwich Park and . Members only clubs on offer include Camber LTC, Dulwich LTC and Old College Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club.

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Trampolining

The question is how can you not like trampolining? It is Invigorating and makes you feel like a child again. It is available at Dulwich College Sports Club every Wednesday from approximately 7:30pm to 9pm and is around £8 for non-members.

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Unfound. We have to hold our hands up and say we genuinely couldn’t find a U, nothing, nada. Unicycling, unihockey and underwater hockey proved fruitless sadly. Unless you own a unicycle in which case you should head to Dulwich Park…

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Velodrome – Herne Hill is home to one of London’s only Cycling Velodromes and has seen an increase in popularity on the back of Sir Chris Hoy and his team mates’ success at the Olympic Games. It is open to all ages with various sessions available for beginners. Further information is available here.

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Volleyball – This was made popular by the Olympics, particularly the bikini-clad Brazilians in the beach volleyball. Furthermore Crystal Palace National Sports Centre has two beach volleyball courts available. Indoor options are also available at Alleyn’s School and Dulwich College Sports Club, however surely beach volleyball is far more exciting?

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Walking – The answer is hands down Dulwich Park. With its winding paths, boating lake and pleasant grounds, Dulwich Park is the best place for a Dulwich walk. Otherwise Belair Park in West Dulwich provides a short stroll around the mansion, but difference between the two venues is the same as comparing steak to hamburgers. Get Walking can also help you find suitable routes around Dulwich.

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X-training – Certainly a tricky letter so cross-training is clutching at straws somewhat. However Dulwich College Sports Club, JAGS Sports Club and La Fitness Sydenham all provide cross-training machines in their gyms which are available for members only. Pay and play gyms in Dulwich with x-training machines include Hamlets Health Club, Dulwich Leisure Centre and Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

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Yoga

Popularised by Ryan Giggs who is still playing Premiership football aged 57, Yoga is surprisingly challenging and incredibly good for you. Types of Yoga vary enormously from Hatha, Iynegar to sweaty Bikram Yoga so it is worth familiarising yourself with this . Yoga classes are available at Push Studios, Dulwich Leisure , and Dulwich College Sports Centre and most are pay and play.

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Zumba

This is an increasingly popular Brazilian sport providing both the happy and sweaty factor. Dulwich Sports Club offers drop-in Zumba Classes throughout the week with no membership or commitment needed. Shake That Zumba have classes at the Charter School in North Dulwich every Wednesday from 7:45pm and 8:45pm and Brixton at various other times during the week.

Sam is the founder of a local Dulwich startup - . He is bringing some of the Dulwich sports facilities online to allow locals to book them such as the Rosendale Playing Fields, Dulwich Sports Ground and Alleyn”s School.


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